Today’s Ethics News For The Nation’s Most Unethical Sports League, Part 2: The NFL, Race, And Brady

The NFL had a downturn in TV ratings after its stars started kneeling during the National Anthem to protest, well, something. The protesters didn’t agree, their explanations were incoherent, and the stunt was generally annoying to spectators and fans. The League lacked the courage and integrity to stop it, but the kneeling started tapering off in 2020. For 2021, the NFL grovelled for approval from the relatively few social justice warriors who watch pro football by playing the so-called “Black National Anthem” at every game. This is offensive, as it constitutes a statement contradicting the ideal and the fact that Americans are Americans, and we don’t need no stinking color-coded anthems.

And that’s not even the worst of it. Players were allowed this season to choose from 6 progressive, racially divisive, anti-white bigotry messages to plaster on their headgear (which does not prevent brain damage, put the helmets are pretty, and now, woke): “End Racism,” “Stop Hate,” “It Takes All of Us,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Inspire Change” and “Say Their Stories.”

Whose stories, you ask? Oh, just the stories of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, whose deaths had nothing to do with racism and have been hyped to encourage the hatred and distrust of police.

Thus this race-based development is fascinating:

Brian Flores was fired as coach of the Miami Dolphins last month, and he has not been successful (yet) in his attempt to get a new coaching job elsewhere. Days after he learned that the New York Giants had hired a white man for a coaching position he applied for, Flores sued the NFL. and its 32 teams this week, alleging that they have discriminated against him and other blacks in their coach-hiring practices.

The NFL is 70% black, but after the many firings after the end of the 2021 regular season, it has but one black head coach. Does this prove racism? Oh, maybe by the logically indefensible, slanted theories that gave us “disparate impact,” but good luck proving it. What would be a “fair,” diverse” and “inclusive” percentage? 70%? 85% to make up for past discrimination? 14%, the same as the proportion of blacks in the U.S. population?

Flores’ suit is partially based on the allegation that the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates for coaching and general manager positions, is a sham.

Well sure it’s a sham! All such requirements in every business and industry are shams. Back when I worked for organizations and not myself, I had huge fights over such rules with my superiors (well, they weren’t my superiors, but I worked under them). for example, I had a staff member that I wanted to promote. She was spectacularly talented and hard-working, had excellent experience, and we worked well together. HR told me that policies required that I hold open interviews, and had to make sure some minority candidates were in the mix. “Then,” it told me, “You can hire her.” Wait,” I said. “I’m supposed to let these applicants think they have a fair shot at the job when I already know whom I want to hire—am going to hire?” “Right,’ I was told. “It’s policy.” “It’s dishonest and unfair,” I said.

But I did it. I had no options other than to quit.

Flores needs to prove that race was specifically a factor in his being turned down for jobs that he might have been interviewing for just so a team could check a box. Flores is still a candidate in the open head coach searches for the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints, but his lawyers say that he didn’t want to wait and see if he got one of those jobs. I’d be shocked if the lawsuit doesn’t ensure that he won’t get a job. Who wants to hire a black coach who signals that he might view every disappointment or adverse workplace result as justification for a discrimination law suit?

The NFL says it is “deeply committed to ensuring equitable employment practices” and “we will defend against these claims, which are without merit.”

Isn’t that nice Black National Anthem enough for the guy?

It should come as no surprise that the biggest star in a league with dead ethics alarms also has dead ethics alarms. I don’t know if Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback in NFL history was always the petty, unethical jerk he is today, but he’s been this way as long as I can remember.

The 7-Time Super Bowl champion finally announced his retirement after 22 Seasons at the amazingly advanced age of 44. Could he leave the game with grace, class, and humility?


In a professionally-produced nine-slide post on Instagram announcing his retirement, Brady thanked his family, his friends and his coaches and teammates from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He did not mention Boston or the New England Patriots, the team he quarterbacked for 20 of his 22 seasons and with which he won six of his seven Super Bowl championships. Brady was miffed when the team wouldn’t sign him to a long term contract at big money when he was over 40, so he took his arm to Tampa Bay and, to his credit, proved that he could still play at a superstar level though no player before him ever had at such an age.

The Times story hilarious said of the snub, “It is unclear whether this was an oversight.”

Stay classy, Tom.

10 thoughts on “Today’s Ethics News For The Nation’s Most Unethical Sports League, Part 2: The NFL, Race, And Brady

  1. Ah, yes. Postings. They only go up once the position has already been filled, just not announced. Surprise, surprise, surprise.

    Some NFL team may be instructed to hire the guy to moot his lawsuit. He might even turn such an offer down, which would really decrease his chances of prevailing in court. I wonder who’s paying his attorneys’ fees or whether the lawyers have taken the case on a contingent fee basis. He’s evidently a competent coach but was stuck under a bad GM in Miami.

  2. This should have probably gone with the first installment, which dealt with the wink-n-a-nod toward gambling, but…to paraphrase Wilford Brimley’s Ass’t U.S. AG James A. Wells in Absence Of Malice: “The NFL got a hell of a publicity problem.

    Flores is claiming that Miami’s owner Stephen Ross offered him $100 large for each tanked game in 2019. This, eying higher draft picks, is an offer which Flores claims he declined.

    Now former Cleveland Brown’s HC Hue Jackson says that team’s owner (Jimmy Haslam) did the same thing, only Jackson says he has proof.

    Billion$ are wagered on NFL games. Despite never looking past any advantage themselves, legal or otherwise, the big betters and sports books ply their trade thinking both teams are playing to win; them finding out otherwise will not fly.

    This will not end well; if Wells were handling it, he’d need a bigger briefcase!

  3. If the NFL is supposed to look like America, why are there more than fourteen out of a hundred black guys on the teams? Shouldn’t there be a cap so the teams look like America? And isn’t meritocracy racist and white supremacist? Do you really want performance determining who gets to play? Clearly there’s a disparate impact problem with the NFL.

  4. I have another Facebook post that is right on this topic. I like this guy more, and I think he’s honestly just bought into stuff because he’s trying to be a good person. He’s not nearly as snarky as the college professor. Here’s what he said:

    “I am 100% behind Brian Flores. There is absolutely no reason in a league that’s approx. 60% African American players and predominantly African American throughout the modern era; that there is ONE African American Head Coach. Especially given the success of former African American Head Coaches. Out of 64 Coordinator positions, only approx. 25 are African American. It is ridiculous that 19 years since the Rooney Rule we are still dealing with the disparity. Add to it that out of 19 African American Head Coaches 5 have been fired after a winning record. 26% vs 6% for White Head Coaches. The NFL must change. I don’t know how but something must change. This is unacceptable.”

    Btw. If you go back a few years ago, the NFL had something like 8 minority coaches, sometime around 2017. So, I guess it depends on the year, right?

    What’s sort of funny too is his point about coordinator positions. African Americans make up 13% of the population, and 13% of 64 coordinator positions would mean there should be 8 African American coordinators, not 25. So, based on numbers alone, there’s an overrepresentation among coordinator positions!

  5. I know someone – I don’t have his permission to use THEIR name here – who promotes the idea that the only way to deal with this rubbish is to push it to its (il)logical extreme.

    “I agree completely, but you don’t go far enough; what about ….”.

    It seems like a plan to me!

  6. The complaint is a dumpster fire rant going back 100 years to the formation of the NFL and throwing in every single awful episode and snarky term that the attorneys drafting it could think of. It actually reads more like a series of Twitter posts than a lawsuit. My thought is that this complaint is not aimed at a racial discrimination claim, which would be very difficult to establish specifically for this coach and in general for a class as small as the NFL head coaching and general manager community. My guess is that this lawsuit is a device to be used to compel the NFL to grant ownership of a team to a consortium of black businessmen and investors. Aftwr looking at the coordinated comments coming out of the woke sports media today, this appears to be the strategy.

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